• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 8.7oz
    Women: 7.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 5mm
    Women: 5mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Jun 2019
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91 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Runner's World

    The Carbon X is a good long run, quickish shoe like all my friends here.

  • 90 / 100 | Runner's World

    As a midfoot striker, it feels incredibly natural. The collar does a good job of locking the heel down. I used an extra eyelet but you might not have to.

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    A bit less stack overall, a closer to the foot carbon plate at the heel, more drop, or a slightly firmer or non EVA more energy returning foam in the mix (but not as firm as Carbon Rocket’s) or a combination would move the X into Vapor Fly racing territory.

  • 88 / 100 | Believe in the Run

    I’m a fan of HOKA and I’m a fan of the Carbon X. In fact, as I am writing this review I realize I’ve already put over 40 miles on them, just in the past couple of weeks. I don’t see the Carbon X as my race day shoe, but I will wear them for easy runs, all day long.

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Notable elements of the Hoka One One Carbon X

- The Hoka One One Carbon X is considered by many to be one of the powerful running shoes available in the market today. It features the carbon fiber plate that allows runners to achieve a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

- The also shoe utilizes the PROFLY X foam. The primary focus of which is to deliver a more stable and responsive ride.

- Lastly, it features an engineered mesh upper, which is designed to deliver breathability. This mesh upper also hugs the foot comfortably. 

Hoka One One Carbon X size and fit

The Hoka One One Carbon X is true to size. It allows runners to get the shoe length with which they’re most comfortable with. The contoured shape of the platform offers support to the natural curvature of the human foot.

When it comes to width, the options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively.


The rubberized foam is integrated into the outsole of the Carbon X. This is essential in offering a more responsive, lightweight and impressive ground contact.


Described to be a flexible and light material, the PROFLY X is used in the midsole of the Hoka One One Carbon X. It provides the foot a comfortable and durable underfoot cushioning.

Curling around the lateral toes is the Carbon fiber plate. This is significant in preventing re-supination. As a result, a smoother transition is encouraged. 

Utilized in the shoe is the early stage Meta-Rocker. This component of the footwear, along with the wider forefoot platform, aims to provide a propulsive and quick ride, allowing runners to experience a more stable and satisfying run.


Offering breathability across the forefoot area is the sole responsibility of the single layer engineered mesh upper which was also used in the Hoka One One Speedgoat 3. This material is significant in keeping the foot chamber fresher and drier at all times. It also offers the foot a comfortable wrap from the forefoot to the midfoot.

Integrated into the Hoka One One Carbon X is the embroidery reinforcement. This component of the shoe aims to provide more lightweight midfoot lockdown. It also offers added durability to the upper.

The shoe also comes with a gusseted tongue. It keeps debris and other elements from entering the shoe while running. It also enhances comfort and overall fit.